The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.
To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11 between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday.
Tickets cost £62
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We are delighted to announce our latest speakers....
Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Mark Lawson.
Anthony Sattin on The Young T E Lawrence.
Author of numerous books on Egypt including A Winter on the Nile and
The Pharoah's Shadow, Anthony here turns a biographer's eye on T E Lawrence,
revealing the tumultuous early life of a shyarchaeology student who became
the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.
Virginia Ironside on Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You!
After the success of No! I Don't Want To Join A Bookclub and No! I Don't
Need Reading Glasses, Virginia's 'Groovy Granny' Marie Sharp is back with yet
more age-related mishaps. As we know, Virginia prides herself on
growing old disgracefully.
Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Mark Lawson.
Lady Antonia Fraser, biographer of Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scotts, James I
and Charles II will be talking about her two recent books, her childhood memoir,
My History and Must You Go: My Life with Harold Pinter, with broadcaster
Andy McNab on the latest Tom Buckingham thriller.
The author first adopted the literary ‘codename’ Andy McNab in his account of his time
in the SAS, Bravo Two Zero, and has continued to use it for his popular fiction.
He will be discussing his life, writing and the latest novel in his series about SAS trooper
Terry Waite on The Voyage of the Golden Handshake.
Waite has previously recounted his experience of being held hostage in Lebanon from
1987 to 1991 in Taken on Trust and Footfalls in Memory. His latest work is in a rather
different vein: a comic novel set aboard a cruise liner.
Wendy Cope on Life, Love and The Archers.
Poet Wendy Cope, author of Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Family Values, is
also a peerless prose writer. She will be speaking about her latest book, a collection
of recollections, reviews and other prose – and may be persuaded to read a
few short poems as well.
Fay Wheldon on Mischief.
Fay Weldon began writing fiction in 1966 and has never stopped. She estimates she
has written ‘100-odd’ short stories, never mind her novels. In Mischief, she has picked
21 short stories, from the funny to the wise.
Ferdinand Mount on The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money
and Marriage in India.
Writer and politician Ferdinand Mount’s previous work includes his studies of
class and power Mind the Gap and The New Few. In Tears of the Rajas, he turns
his eye on Britons in 19th-century colonial India, as viewed through the
experiences of his own ancestors, the Lows of Clatto.
Helen Lederer on Losing It
Actress and comedian Helen Lederer has been amusing audiences with her stand-up
routines since the Eighties as well as winning plaudits for more serious roles in
productions including The Vagina Monologues. Now her wit works its way onto
the page in her debut comic novel Losing It.
John Julius Norwich on Sicily
We are delighted to welcome back one of our best speakers, on one of his
favourite subjects, Sicily, which he first wrote about nearly fifty years ago
in The Normans in the South and Kingdom in the Sun. Now he is exploring
its entire history from volcanic eruptions to imperial assassinations, not
forgetting Nelson's extra-marital affairs.
Jerry White on Zeppelin Nights
White has writted eight books about London, including a trilogy exploring
the cepital during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In
Zeppelin Nights, he narrows his gaze to the impact of the First World War
on the city, the prelude to the Blitz.
Rachel Johnson on Fresh Hell
Rachel Johnson will be talking about her long-awaited sequel to Notting Hell,
the brilliant expose of the absurd antics of West London's village of the rich
and hopeless, who are also Rachel's neighbours.
**BUXTON LITERATURE FESTIVAL**
LUNCH AT THE OLD HALL HOTEL, BUXTON
Accommodation: Old Hall Hotel www.oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk;
Roseleigh Guest-House www.roseleighhotel.co.uk
Prue Leith on a culinary life.
Restaurateur, founder of Leith’s Cookery School and author of a dozen cookery
books, Prue Leith is a glutton for life, as detailed in her memoir Relish.
Not content to stay in the kitchen, she has turned her hand to novel-writing and
will talk about her most recent fiction, as well as a life immersed in food.
Kate Mosse on The Taxidermist’s Daughter.
Kate Mosse – author of Labyrinth and The Winter Ghosts – makes her Oldie
literary lunch debut to tell us about The Taxidermist’s Daughter, a gothic
psychological thriller set on the flooded marshlands of the author’s native
West Sussex on the Eve of St Mark, 1912.
Jonathon Fryer on Soho in the Fifties.
As a foreign reporter, Fryer’s voice will be familiar from BBC Radio 4’s
From Our Own Correspondent. As a historian, he has published a dozen
books focusing on particularly debauched figures, including Oscar Wilde,
Dylan Thomas and the inhabitants of Soho in its hedonistic heyday of the
Fifties and Sixties.
Harry Mount on Harry Mount's Odyssey: Ancient
Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus
Several millennia after the Homeric hero undertook his journey,
Harry Mount – whose Amo, Amas Amat… and All That convinced
readers to ‘put a little Latin in your life’ – followed Odysseus’s epic
trail. His Odyssey recounts his voyage from Troy to the Hellespont,
and shows why Ancient Greece was truly the greatest civilisation.
Pam St Clement on The End of an Earring
As Pat Butcher in Eastenders, St Clement found herself playing a
prostitute, pub landlady and murder witness. In her autobiography
(named for the ostentatious jewellery worn by her character), the
actress recounts her 25-year career in one of Britain’s most avidly
watched soap operas.
**RYE LITERATURE FESTIVAL**
Oliver Kamm on Accidence will Happen:
The Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage
As a journalist, Oliver Kamm is used to having his grammar corrected
into incoherence. His latest grammar book provides a welcome antidote
to pedantry, proving that many so-called linguistic ‘rules’ may be
abandoned, and that it is not a crime to wantonly split an infinitive.
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on The Story of Alice:
Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland.
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, whose previous works include the exhaustive
biography Becoming Dickens, here explores another Victorian giant of
literature, Lewis Carroll. In the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland’s
publication, Douglas-Fairhurst considers the relationship between the
controversial children’s author and his ‘dream-child’ Alice Liddell.
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